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Northern Lights IPA - Starr Hill Brewery

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Northern Lights IPANorthern Lights IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

817 Ratings
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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 13
Gots: 98 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 09-19-2004

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Ratings: 817 | Reviews: 242
Photo of John_Beeryman
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A good, standard IPA, good for sessioning.

Photo of Davepoolesque
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Smells like the cannabis. It could just be skunked. Taste is on the lighter side.

Photo of godawgs
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Joshua1973
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ckr1451
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of infinitedh
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of llenroc11
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer!

Photo of KChristie87
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not the best IPA I've had. Has a lager taste and feel. No overwhelming smell either. Mediocre at best.

Photo of Kmlund
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of twenteone
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LJTate
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Flooz
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of esiason14
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jgoth34
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of terpdog
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 700Sunil
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I like this brewery. This ipa had a tough act to follow a draft black IPA. A little harsher than from what I remember from Starr Hill.

Photo of Segelstrom
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DMan80
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great IPA for the price, some harsh reviews here but I still love this beer

Photo of avitallo
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GrantBrennan
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pantalones
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second bottle of this one from the Starr Hill Loadout variety pack; bottling date is December 15th, 2014.

It's a dark golden color, pretty clear, with lots of little bubbles rising up at first (though they eventually stop, only briefly returning if the beer is swirled around a bit.) Nice white fluffy head on top at first, which gradually fades until there's just a bit on the surface, leaving significant trails behind on the glass as it goes. I suppose this is what other reviews refer to as "lacing," as there is indeed a lacy sort of pattern going on.

Smell is piney, with a little bit of something else I can't quite identify and occasionally hints of grain--grain becomes more noticeable and pine less so as the beer warms. Not as strong as I was expecting of an IPA, based on my limited experience with the style; actually the smell here might be fainter than the Grateful Pale Ale in the same pack, as I need to put my nose right near the glass to pick much up (rather than being able to smell the piney, citrusy hops from several inches above like with the pale ale.)

Taste is similar to the smell. Piney hops, a hint of something maybe closer to "leafy" or "grassy" every now and then (more noticeable after the beer has warmed slightly), and occasional bits of bready and lightly toasty malt. Oh, and bitterness. Just plain bitterness. The amount of actual hoppy flavor doesn't seem to match the amount of bitterness going on here--it's not super bitter, but it almost seems like there's more "just bitter" than there is hop flavor, which is really odd. Thankfully, that "leafy/grassy" sort of flavor seems to blend with the "pure bitterness" taste a bit more as the beer warms, which is an improvement... but it's still really odd that this beer has that much extra bitterness without a matching increase in hop flavor. And then, as if sensing my complaints as I type them, the last drink in the glass was all pine and toastyness with only a little bitterness... weird.

Mouthfeel is not bad in any way, but not amazing. Doesn't have that interesting "fizzy but it works" thing I noticed in Ranger, but it doesn't feel too watery or light or have any other really negative qualities either.

Overall, while this isn't *bad* by any means it's also definitely my least-favorite from the Loadout variety pack. While the Grateful pale ale grew on me quite a bit between my first and second glass, my opinion on this one hasn't shifted much (though letting the beer warm a bit so that "leaf/grass" sort of flavor began to blend in with the bitter and more of the toasty grain sort of flavor came out was a slight improvement over drinking it right out of the fridge.) I won't have trouble finishing my last bottle of this one, but I'd still rather just have another bottle of the pale ale instead.

EDIT: Bumped up my score for taste just a tad after having the last bottle of the six-pack and enjoying it noticeably more than the previous two.

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good IPA, tasety , not great

Photo of markjarema11
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Northern Lights IPA from Starr Hill Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.